Grand Theft Auto IV has received near-universal acclaim from video game critics and is the first console game in the series to include online multiplayer, with 15 modes of play available. It takes place in a redesigned version of Liberty City consisting of four boroughs, based on four of the boroughs of New York City.
Grand Theft Auto IV sees a shift in the series to a more realistic and detailed style and tone, partly a result of the transition to consoles which offered high-definition graphics and the new and improved capabilities of such consoles. As stated, all takes place in a redesigned version of Liberty City consisting of four boroughs, based on four of the boroughs of New York City, however the rendition of Liberty City itself is far more detailed and is the largest individual city in the whole series to date.
The game is structured similarly to previous games in the series and features a soundtrack that can be heard through radio stations while the player is in a vehicle. For the first time in the series though, Grand Theft Auto IV features “morality choices” at several points throughout the game, in which the player is forced to choose between killing a character or sparing his life, or killing one of two characters. Minor crimes, such as assault, public discharge of a firearm and homicide, continue to be handled by police patrols just as before.
To date, Grand Theft Auto IV has the largest soundtrack for a video game with 214 songs while upon its release, it claimed two entertainment industry sales records, posting the best single-day and seven-day sales totals for a video game.
This is truly a superb game as sales of it will testify. If you’re thinking of getting yourself one, you certainly will not be disappointed.